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Sequoyah
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Birth: 1776
Loudon County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug., 1843

Creator of Cherokee Alphabet. Although some descendants dispute it, he is said to be the son of Cherokee Wut-teh and Nathaniel Gist. His given name was Sogwili, which means Horse in the Cherokee language, but he was also known as George Guess. He was born in in the village of Tuskeegee, Louden County, Tennessee and died near the village of San Fernando, Mexico (now Texas). Sequoyah had spent nearly 12 years developing the syllabary that brought literacy to the Cherokee people. Having a written language helped to bridge the differences between the western and eastern bands of Cherokees, who were divided over the issue of removal. In recognition of his contributions, the Cherokee Nation awarded Sequoyah a silver medal struck in his honor and a lifetime literary pension. He continued to serve Cherokee people as a statesman and diplomat until his death. **There is no known picture or photograph of Sequoyah. One picture of a man holding the Cherokee Alphabet in his hands was said to be Sequoyah, but it is actually Thomas Maw.** 
 
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 Parents:
  Nathaniel Gist (1733 - 1812)
  Wur-teh Watts Gist (1748 - ____)
 
 Sibling:
   Sequoyah (1776 - 1843)
  Eliza Violet Gist Blair (1794 - 1877)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Presumed somewhere along the Mexico-Texas border
 
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Dec 01, 2006
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